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Washington Post: In D.C., 5,500 students are homeless. The city is helping some of them take their first steps to college.

July 18, 2019
At CLC, we meet students who are struggling with homelessness and poverty every day. CLC attorney Sarah Flohre recently talked with the Washington Post's Perry Stein about the challenges they face:

Congratulations CLC Attorney Aida Vindell, Reunification Hero!

July 12, 2019
Children's Law Center attorney Aida Vindell has firsthand experience with family separation. When she was just a toddler, she was separated from her brothers as a civil war raged through her native Nicaragua. They were eventually reunited in the US, but it was a challenging time for her brothers, her parents and Aida herself.

WAMU: Tax Incentives For D.C. Tech Companies Poised To Be Slashed

May 27, 2019
The QHTC tax incentive program cost the District $184 million in corporate franchise tax revenue between 2001 and 2015, including more than $100 million collected by companies that were already located in the District and paying taxes prior to being eligible for the program. This tax incentive is ineffective, and those funds could better serve DC children—which is why we testified in favor of eliminating the incentive last week. We strongly support investments that help implement the Birth to Three for all DC Act and expand school-based mental health supports.

BREAKING NEWS: DC Budget Passes with Major Victories for Kids

May 27, 2019
Today, DC’s fiscal year 2020 budget passed—and we’re celebrating major victories! In the past four months, CLC’s policy team pored over more than 3,000 pages of budget documents and wrote 216 pages of testimony. That’s nearly the equivalent of reading the entire Harry Potter series—if the books were full of the economic data and budget plans that will impact DC children and families for years to come.

Washington City Paper: To Escape Court Oversight, D.C.'s Child Welfare System Is Cutting Corners

April 11, 2019
CLC Executive Director Judith Sandalow spoke with Morgan Baskin of the Washington City Paper about the disparity between the public persona of DC's child welfare system and the serious problems that have gone unchecked on their watch.  “Rather than acknowledging [CFSA’s] problems, there’s, ‘Oh no, we’re doing great. Oh no, we’re headed in a great direction,’” Sandalow says. “But in the past couple of years, we’ve seen things get worse, not better.” 

WAMU: A Shortage of Foster Parents in D.C. Worries Child Welfare Advocates

April 8, 2019
Children's Law Center Policy Attorney Aubrey Luce-Edwards spoke with WAMU recently about the alarming lack of placements for DC children in the foster care system. 

WAMU: Want To Be A Housing Inspector? D.C. Considers Uber-Style Plan To Recruit Residents For The Job

April 1, 2019
CLC attorney Anne Cunningham spoke with WAMU about a new proposal from DCRA that would enlist D.C. residents to conduct housing inspections with an Uber-esque social media platform and rating system. Cunningham expressed concerns about the implementation of such a program, and posed pertinent questions about how it would be carried out.

Congratulating 2018’s Champions for Children Winners

March 12, 2019
The competition was fierce! Partners, associates, staff, clients and even vendors worked side-by-side, fighting for the coveted title: Champion for Children. Now, after a year of fundraising campaigns, delicious baking competitions and more, the results are in. Join us in celebrating Latham & Watkins LLP, Mayer Brown LLP, Fish & Richardson P.C. and Bates White Economic Consulting as our 2018 Champions for Children!

Washington Post: D.C. lost eligibility for federal lead grant after failing to spend $3 million

March 4, 2019
Through her investigative work on the policy team, CLC attorney Anne Cunningham uncovered the shocking fact that DC lost millions in federal grant money offered to the city to remediate lead. She chatted with the Post's Fenit Nirrapil about the scandal and what its impact is for DC families.